Large pot Portuguese faience ‘Wanli decoration' Lisbon, 1600-1620 H 40 cm Provenance: M.P. Lisbon and Convent of Jesus, Setúbal collections Exhibitions: Musée Guimet, Un Firmament de Porcelaines-De la Chine à l’Europe, Paris, 2019; M. N. Azulejo, O Exótico nunca está em casa?, Lisbon, 2007; A Influência Oriental na Cerâmica Portuguesa do Século XVII, Lisbon, 1994 Literature: OCEANOS - Porcelanas e Mares da China, nº 14
Portuguese faience pot of Wanli (1572-1620) inspired decorative composition. The cobalt-blue decoration is defined by four large oval frames filled by rock outcrops, lotus, camellias and peach trees that alternate with blue and white bands joined by ruyi heads, in an attempt at replicating Ming dynasty models.
For its size and condition this pot is a rare survival of a short lived early 17th century Portuguese faience production that followed Chinese prototypes. Lisbon produced ceramic was a singular production of its age, not only for the fine paste, translucent glaze and bright blue pigment, but also for its innovative 'Chinoiserie' thematic that predated other European ceramic productions.